Veneto Self Guided Bike Tour is an easy-paced cycling tour on flat roads and bike paths with hotel accommodations. This Self-Guided Tour lets you ride at your own pace with a map and detailed route book. The route is visually stunning and passes through an area rich in art, culture, history and some of Italy’s most beautiful cities – Vicenza, Bassano del Grappa, Asolo, Treviso, Padua and Venice, the jewel of the Adriatic.
Trips begin in Vicenza on Saturdays and Sundays. Other departure days may be arranged for an additional cost.
2017 Price: €1290 Euros /double occupancy
Single Supplement: €300
lunches and dinners, train and ferry transfers, local taxes, rental bikes (hybrid / €90 Euros, road bikes / €150 Euros, electric bikes / €185 Euros)
This classic Veneto Self Guided Bike Tour is an easy bike tour on flat terrain that takes you on cycle paths and low traffic roads through the most scenic and historic landmarks in Veneto.
Veneto is an enchanting province in northeastern Italy situated between the deep blue of the Adriatic Sea and the brilliant white of the Dolomite Mountains. This easy-paced cycling tour is a visually stunning journey through an area rich in art, culture, history and natural beauty. The Veneto region combines the maritime feeling of the canals of Holland with the stunning architecture and vineyards of France’s Loire Valley to make a wonderful vacation destination for riders of all abilities.The route uses uncrowded country roads that wind past extensive vineyards, near two of Italy’s largest rivers and along a network of canals that lead to picturesque small towns. The tour spends two nights in Venice, amid the historical splendor of its churches, the lace like elegance of its palaces and the romance of its canals.
The town of Andrea Palladio, famous architect of the 17th century who influenced the architecture to the 19th century. Discover its palaces, churches and little streets. Between the small lanes one can still find the domicile of Pigafettas, the seafarer and the companion of Magellan. You will be have a 6 pm meeting with our Italian representative who will give you your maps and spend time with you going over all of your trip logistics as well as delivering your rental bike.
From Vicenza you pass along the venetian fields heading to Sandrigo, home of the “Baccalà alla Vicentina”. Then along the walls, the castle and the Square of the Human Chess Game“ of Marostica, scene of the famous chess-game that dates back to 1454 when Marostica belonged to the Venetian Republic. Finally, you reach Bassano del Grappa, a charming town in the valley of the mountains, famous for its old wooden bridge and the grappa!
Passing gentle hills you get to Asolo, a magical village that Robert Browning called the “Jewel of Italy”. Enjoy strolling down the town’s narrow streets and romantic cobblestone plazas. You will cycle along the back roads between the wine-fields of the prosecco to Maser where you can see the most splendourous villa of Palladio: Villa Barbaro. The ride ends in Treviso, a lovely city surrounded by water and known for the creation of the famous Italian dessert, tiramasu. This region is also known for its cultivation of grapes and ancient vines.
Leaving Treviso, you follow the silent course of the river Sile to Casale. This is a most impressive stretch of the tour. Small villages reflect on the water, which, in the past, was an important tradeway. Take a look at the cimitero dei Burci (cemetery of the Burcis). The burcis are old barges, which now lay semi-sunken where you can see a variety of different waterfowl. At the end of this stage, Venice awaits you with an evening between little lanes and canals.
Take the ferry along the canal Giudecca and reach Lido. Cycling alongside picturesque houses and fishing boats you take a boat to the island of Pellestrina, a narrow eleven kilometre-long barrier suspended between sea and lagoon. A third ferry ride takes you to Chioggia, a miniature replica of Venice, complete with a vast cathedral, fine plaza and numerous canals. The only thing missing here are the tourists! You will spend the night in a on the waterfront near the ferry.
Cycling through countryside, along country lanes and beside two rivers that, along with the Sile, were the main trade routes in this Venetian region. Alongside ancient working canals and locks until you arrive at Stra at the beginning of the Riviera del Brenta which is famous for its garden and maze. Once you arrive in Padova, the home of Italy’s second oldest university, which was built in 1222, you can take a stroll through this renaissance city, following the footsteps of Galileo.Shakespeare called Padua “the Nursery of the Arts.” Do not miss a visit to the dazzling Scrovegni Chapel with the frescoes of the life of Christ by Giotto. Also worth a visit is the huge Basilica del Santo, the historical café Pedrocchi, the Prato della Valle, and the astronomical clock.
Today you cycle alongside the river Bacchiglione to arrive in Costozza, a small village at the foot of the Berici hills, where you can admire the beautiful gardens of the Villa da Schio. Visit the old Ice cave of the Villa now a very unique wine bar. The cyclepath takes you past the Villa Rotonda, the most famous villa of Palladio. Before arriving into Vicenza, you have the opportunity to visit the villa Valmarana ai Nani, so called because of the statues decorating the property. In the inside one can admire the frescoes of Tiepolo.
Your tour ends after breakfast.
Please Note: If you prefer a shorter tour, you can easily eliminate the last night in Vicenza and/or the second night in Venice. Tour costs will be adjusted for the shorter tours.
Folks who enjoy our tours are a spirited mix of singles and couples of ALL ages from all corners of the US, Canada and a few international locations as well. Many have accompanied us on numerous tours in the past. Most folks are recreational riders and all seem to share the common bond of an active lifestyle, an appreciation for the outdoors and a love for fun. We will gladly supply references if you wish to speak with someone who has recently been on this trip.
Different frame sizes of unisex bikes with 27-gears Shimano Deore will be available on board. They are fully equipped with 1 side-bag, 1 water bottle, 1 padlock per bike, 1 map holder/front bag (only for Self-Guided) and 1 repair kit per couple (only for Self-Guided). Due to high transportation costs of the bikes in Venice and logistical issues it is advised not to bring your own bikes.
Delicious Italian dinners and breakfasts will be served on the boat. Each day you will pack your own lunch from a buffet on the boat.
You do not need to be able to speak Italian, but it can be lots of fun, and our Italian guide can always help you with the finer points of the language. A small dictionary and some creative sign language are helpful, and many people at airports and hotels speak English.
The currency of Italy is the Euro. You will need Euros for beverages, shopping, snacks, and tips for the Italian guide and boat crew. We suggest starting with a minimum of $150US (more if you like to shop and sample the local wine and ice cream).
You do not need to be able to speak Italian, but it can be lots of fun, and our bilingual guide can always help you with the finer points of the language. A small dictionary and some creative sign language are helpful, and many people at airports and hotels speak English.
The currency of Italy is the Euro. You will need Euros for beverages, shopping, snacks, and tips for hotel staff. We suggest exchanging a minimum of €200 EUR (more if you like to shop and sample the local wine and ice cream).
We suggest 10% for exceptional service in restaurants (most restaurants include a service charge) and a small amount for baggage and taxi service.
US CASH: bring only NEW bills with NO tears. You can exchange money at the airport and in major towns. CREDIT CARDS: bring 2 or more Visa or Master Cards in case you have trouble with one. There are ATMs in most of the towns on the tour. To use your Credit Card to get Euros at an ATM, each Credit Card will need a PIN#. Be sure to activate the PIN# and check that it works BEFORE you begin your travels. We also suggest contacting your credit card company prior to your trip to inform them of the countries where you will be traveling and the dates. We do not recommend bringing Travelers Checks because some places do not accept them, exchange rates vary widely and they require a bank to exchange them.
U.S. citizens must have a current Passport to enter Italy. Make sure your PASSPORT DOES NOT EXPIRE WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF THE COMPLETION OF YOUR TOUR. These requirements do vary from country to country, but just to be safe, we recommend going by the 6 month standard, because it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry when it comes to international travel!
Make copies of your passport! We recommend making 2 photocopies of your passport’s photo page and any other valuable documents you might carry with you on the tour. Travel with one copy stored separately from your passport. Leave the other copy at home with a relative or friend (ideally the same person you gave as your emergency contact). In the event that any of your documents are lost or stolen, this will greatly assist the process of replacement.
Let us know if you would like us to make additional hotel reservations for you in Italy either before or after the tour.
his trip begins in Mantova or Venice and ends in Venice or Mantova. Venice is the most convenient major international airport for both the beginning and ending of the trip. You may also fly into Milan or Rome and take the train to the start of the trip.
Check out European Train Schedules. You do not need to make advance train reservations.
Nichols Expeditions is not responsible for any costs you may incur due to delays with transportation (airline or other), weather, road conditions, government intervention, sickness or other contingencies we are unable to control. For international flights, arrive at least 2-3 hours prior to departure (check with your air carrier for their requirements) and allow ample time between connecting flights. If you miss your flight and you need a special shuttle to meet up with the group, you will be responsible for the cost.
To protect yourself against life’s uncertainties, we highly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy!
Veneto – Latin: Venetia; Venetian: Vèneto; more specifically Venezia Euganea) is one of the twenty regions of Italy. Its population is about five million, ranking fifth in Italy. The region's capital and largest city is Venice.